Leeds United transfer news as Victor Orta put on red alert for George Hall
Victor Orta will not be happy with Troy Deeney as Leeds United have been put on red alert over the potential signing of Birmingham City midfielder George Hall.
The Mail on Sunday (15 January) reported that the Whites are looking to add two more youngsters to their squad this month, including Hall, after completing the signing of Max Wober and Georginio Rutter.
Deeney, while speaking on The Ben Foster podcast, admitted that he has told five or six teams including West Ham United to sign the 18-year-old.
“We’ve got George Hall, who I think is going to be a player by the way,” said Deeney on Fozcast – The Ben Foster podcast.
“I’ve warned about five or six other teams that I know, like Nobes (Mark Noble) at West Ham, like get this kid now, he’s only 18 but he’s mustard mate.”
Leeds have been chasing him for a long time and the Whites are yet to come up with a concrete move for him.
The midfield is one area that needs bolstering following the departure of Mateusz Klich, who moved to DC United in the MLS this month.
Jesse Marsch is looking to bring in young and vibrant players to build a strong future for the Whites, and adding Hall to the ranks makes a lot of sense.
The Whites have been heavily linked with a move for Moroccan midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, and it remains to be seen whether Orta can pull off more signings in the final few days of the January window.
Hall has established himself as a fantastic young midfielder in the Championship. He has featured 18 times in the league this season, managing a goal and an assist.
He is a rising talent and it comes as no surprise that other clubs are looking at him. However, Deeney appears to have alerted other clubs about signing the youngster, and Leeds could have a fight on their hands to land him.
Having said that, there’s no guarantee that Hall will be a regular starter at Leeds. It is most likely that he will be playing in the club’s youth setup, so he needs a lot of convincing if the Whites make a move for him.
Leeds can sign him on a long-term deal and send him back to St Andrew’s to continue his development for the rest of the season.